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Surry County, North Carolina

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Surry County is on the edge of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas of the East Coast which offers citizens access to urban amenities and cultural attractions.
The Surry County/Mount Airy airport has a runway length of 4,305 feet. It is in the process of being lengthened to 5,500 feet.
Surry County is approximately 300 miles from four ports on the east coast; Norfolk, VA, Morehead City, NC, Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC.
In Surry County you have about an hour’s drive time to the Piedmont Triad International Airport and one hour and 30 minutes from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Surry County is 538 square miles that include four rivers, the Mitchell, Ararat, Fisher, and Yadkin Rivers.
Surry County has two hospitals that provide regional health care. Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.

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Surry County celebrates 250 years!

Join us at the county celebrates its history. The first European residents of what is now Surry County, came from Massachusetts and surrounding North Carolina Counties in the 1700s. Surry County was formed from what was Rowan County. It's unclear whether Surry was the...

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County Demographics

  • Population, 2018 71,948% 71,948%
  • Unemployment Rate, March 2020 4.2% 4.2%
  • Labor Force, March 2020 33,432% 33,432%
  • Number Unemployed, March 2020 persons 1,402% persons 1,402%
  • Average Weekly Wage, 3rd Q 2019 $717.00% $717.00%
  • 2019-2020 Surry County Property Tax Rate (per $100) $0.582% $0.582%
  • County Building Permits Issued, 2019 $54,939,587% $54,939,587%
  • Gross Retail Sales, March 2020 $70,234,796% $70,234,796%
  • Median Household Income, 2018 $41,068% $41,068%
  • Per Capita Income, 2018 $23,957% $23,957%
  • Crime Rate, 2014 (per 100,000) persons 174.3% persons 174.3%
  • Tourism Expenditures, 2018 $130.90 million% $130.90 million%
  • 2020 Tier Designation 2% 2%
  • Land Area sq mi 532 % sq mi 532 %
  • Persons Per Square Mile, 2018 persons 135.2% persons 135.2%
  • 2018 Median Age 43% 43%

Contact Us

Surry County Economic Development Partnership Inc. 1218 State St., Mt. Airy NC 27030
PO BOX 7128
336.401.9900

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